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How Old Is Too Old To Get Permanent Makeup?

July 12, 20222 min read

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others to accept yourself.” - Ralph W. Emerson


If done correctly, using the best methods, permanent makeup can be a great option for senior clients looking to enhance their look or simply save them time. I will explain below why permanent makeup is a great alternative for some older patients, the method that is best used, and why it works so well.

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Senior Powder Brows - before and after! 💥

Permanent makeup or PMU is useful for seniors

Saves time and can make the lives of older women easier in other ways. Deteriorating eyesight can make makeup application complicated and frustrating, as can hand tremor, the two essentially harmless, but annoying symptoms of aging.

As we age, the notion of body image and the desire to look (and feel) our best doesn’t vanish, nor should it. Permanent makeup for the mature woman can have great physical and psychological benefits and boost the quality of life.

Microblading and older clients

Mature skin is generally quite thin and the fine lines of microblading can blur the strokes, so microblading can cause permanent scarring with its manual technique, and give unsatisfactory results – the strokes can become a blurry mess.

So although it’s not impossible if your skin is not too thin, you might want to consider the alternatives.

A much better alternative than microblading for seniors is powder brows.

Done with an electric device, this technique is safer for mature skin, and it gives better results.

However, the effects are different from microblading because there are no strokes drawn, juts a powdery shade that looks like wearing brow makeup. That’s why some seniors are reluctant to go for it out of fear that it won’t look natural. If done right, powder brows for older ladies can look amazing!

Permanent makeup is a great way for older women and men to minimize or reverse some of the effects of aging. It can give you back your brows.

For anyone struggling with insecurities related to aging, or anyone who wants to maximize their femininity or even masculinity, permanent makeup is a practical way to boost your confidence!

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Julia Butler

A permanent makeup professional since 2018, I specialize in several types of permanent makeup services. I'm passionate about my art and view each treatment as a live masterpiece.

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Frequently Asked Questions


The Owner/Artist Julia sitting in soft chair open to questions, next to a sign Hello Beautiful

Our goal is to ensure that you receive the best results from your treatment. To achieve this, your skin must be healthy, strong, and non-irritated.

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup or PMU is also known as micro-pigmentation and is a method of inserting small amounts of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin to enhance facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips and provide scar camouflage. It helps to replenish what time has taken away; gives back precious time you normally spend “putting on your face". It is also helpful to those who are allergic to conventional cosmetics, those with visual impairment, watery eyes, and those with unsteady or arthritic hands that have difficulty applying makeup.

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a technique of superficial cosmetic tattooing performed specifically on the eyebrows. Like earlier methods of cosmetic tattooing, it is done by manually depositing pigment into the second layer of the skin (dermis). But what makes it truly unique is the hand tool used. The unique formation of needles allows the artist to create the look of real eyebrow hairs by tattooing very fine hair-like strokes on the skin. A process called Shading uses a hand tool to deposit a more solid wash of pigment amongst the bladed hair strokes for a fuller, deeper look.

What happens when I make a booking?

You will receive a consultation to determine the color and shape of the permanent makeup you desire. Factors such as your makeup style, skin tone, hair color, and desired outcome will be considered to determine the design of the permanent makeup that will be most flattering and suitable for you.

Can permanent makeup be performed on any skin type or complexion?

Permanent makeup is not advised for Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (light blonde or redheads/translucent skin/light eyes). Due to the hypersensitivity and thinness of this skin type, it generally does not hold the color well and can bleed quite easily. Your technician will be able to discuss the best option for you during your visit.

How "permanent" is it, anyway?

Permanent makeup is long-lasting and can remain on the skin for 1 to 3 years depending on the color, placement, and your skin type. The most effective and safe removal option is laser tattoo removal, offered by specialists. If you have existing permanent makeup and need corrective work, you will be advised of your best options. PRIME Microblading & Beauty does not perform laser removal but is certified in saline removal service. 

Does it fade or require any maintenance?

Over time, your permanent makeup will fade due to many factors such as natural skin exfoliation, sun exposure, medications, and the use of creams/chemicals. To maintain the color and shape it is advisable to touch up the treated area every 1 to 2 years. A good indication of needing maintenance is when you start having to add to your permanent makeup with a pencil or other cosmetics.

Is the procedure painful?

You may experience a minor and tolerable degree of scratching/pricking during the procedure.  A topical anesthetic is used to reduce discomfort and promote relaxation before and during service. The treated area may be slightly tender immediately following the procedure.  Tenderness will diminish within a few days post-treatment.

Are there any risks?

Every cosmetic skin procedure involves a very small degree of risk and, although exceedingly uncommon, it is important that you understand and accept the rare risks involved with Permanent Cosmetic Makeup- these include possible infection, allergic reaction, improper placement, dissatisfaction with the result, permanency, and difficulty of removal. An individual’s informed decision to undergo any cosmetic procedure is based upon a comparison of the risks to potential benefits, alternatives, and costs. We take every necessary step and precaution to minimize the risks associated with permanent makeup.

What Can I Expect After a Microblading Procedure?

The healing process after a microblading procedure varies from client to client based on many factors. This could include, but is not limited to: the artist's technique, pigments used, aftercare instructions, whether or not shading was done, as well as just overall how someone's body and skin react to the procedure. Some of the most common things clients can expect after a microblading procedure are:

  • Tenderness in the area

  • Pink or redness around the affected area

  • Swelling Thickening and darkening of the area

  • Moderate to thick scabbing 3-4 days after the procedure

  • Scabs will begin to flake off anytime between days 5 - 10

  • After scabs flake off, pigment color and strokes will look light, grey, and blurry

  • After the area is fully healed (4 weeks after the procedure) the pigment will return to full color

I already have permanent makeup from a prior procedure. Can it be improved or updated?

This will depend on the appearance and design of the previous permanent makeup and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  You can send clear pictures to Prime Microblading for analysis and we can give you a clear answer based on the pictures we receive and follow up with a consultation if necessary.

Am I a good candidate?

Unfortunately, not all clients are good candidates for permanent makeup due to the existence of certain contraindicated skin conditions or pre-existing medical conditions. If you have a contraindicated skin condition you may not retain color well and thus may not be entirely satisfied with your outcome.

What are the contraindicated skin conditions?

The following skin conditions compromise the outcome of a procedure:

  • Ingrown hairs and open bumps on eyebrow-injured skin cannot be tattooed

  • Eczema (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

  • Psoriasis (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

  • Dermatitis (constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

  • Rosacea (chronic acne-like skin indicated by redness)

  • Severely oily skin on eyebrows (microblading hair strokes will appear more blended, solid, or not retain at all)

  • Large pores on your forehead & in the eyebrow area (color will blur/blend in large pores resulting in a powdered look)

  • Have moles/raised areas/piercings in or around the brow/eye area (anything raised or indented will not retain color)

  • Deep wrinkles in the brow area (the hair strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the eyebrows an uneven look)

  • Hair transplant for your eyebrows (color will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed)

  • Shingles (permanent makeup should not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare-up)

What are the contraindicated medical conditions?

The following medical conditions may prohibit you from having a procedure:

  • Pregnancy or nursing 

  • Hemophilia

  • Heart Conditions/Pacemaker/Defibrillator

  • Body runs hot (increased bleeding)

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition (Hypo, Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s)

  • Autoimmune Disorder such as LUPUS or Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (MS, RA, Lupus, or the like)

  • Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair)

  • Upper or lower eyelid surgery

*Please reach out if any concerns, these conditions don’t necessarily eliminate you as a candidate. Many times, a doctor's approval is all that is needed. 

Can the use of any products or medications impact my results?

Use of the following products may compromise the outcome of a procedure and are contraindicated:

  • Accutane or Retin-A (acne medication) - Wait 1 year before the procedure.

  • Retinol or Vitamin A- Use must be discontinued for 1 month prior to the procedure.

  • Latisse or any eyelash/eyebrow growth conditioner - discontinued for 6 months prior to the procedure.

  • Glaucoma Eye Drops

  • Triflusal (Disgren)

  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)

  • Prasugrel (Effient)

  • Ticagrelor (Brilinta)

  • Ticlopidine (Ticlid)

  • Cilostazol (Pletal)

  • Vorapaxar (Zontivity)

  • Dipyridamole (Persantine)

  • warfarin (Coumadin)

I have an amazing tan right now - can I still have a procedure?

If you are excessively tanned or have a sunburn, a procedure is not recommended. Wait for the skin to fully heal and return to your natural complexion before going ahead.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to demand and out of respect for our artists, please provide no less than 48 hours' notice if you wish to make a cancellation without penalties.

Please note: if you do not give this notice, your deposit will be forfeited.

What payment do you accept?

We accept check, cash, credit card, and debit card payments as well as CashApp or Venmo. during your appointment. To pay a deposit you must use a debit card or credit card or e-transfer to pay online or over the phone.

Where are you located?

We are located at 8112 NY-12 Suite 4, Barneveld, NY 13304 in the same building as Back2Balance Massage and Fitness Forum physical therapy. 

Is there parking at your studio?

Yes, there is parking outside of our building in front and is also handicap accessible. 

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